Since swimmer Ryan Lochte refuses to apologize to the Rio Olympic association for his appalling lies, the U.S. Olympic Committee has to do it for him.
Now that it has been proven that Ryan Lochte and his bunch of swimming mates (James Feigen, Gunnar Bentz, and Jack Conger) had made up a fake story about being assaulted at gunpoint by a group of robbers dressed as policemen as they were making their way back from a party on Sunday, the Brazilian officials expect the swimmers to issue an official apology.
There is just one problem. Ryan Lochte won’t apologize.
Following their terribly misleading story, the Brazilian authorities had investigated the incident reported first by Ryan, and found a gas station footage that proved that the swimmers had made a pit stop there and damaged an advertisement sign and a bathroom door in a drunken haze.
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When they were about to take off, after destroying private property, the station owner sent a couple of security guards to stop them. After the swimmers had paid off the owner by cash, they were allowed to drive off.
After the original incident came to light, the Rio de Janeiro court ordered all the guilty members to hand in their passports and stay in Brazil till the matter was effectively resolved.
While Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were pulled off a flight that was leaving for the United States and arrested, Lochte and Feigen seemed to have skipped town.
Bentz and Conger later admitted that it was Lochte’s idea to come up with the fake robbing story since he was drunk and agitated and did not want to get into trouble. Even the Brazilian officials admitted that Bentz and Conger had not partaken in recounting any fake version of the incident that took place on Sunday, reports The Guardian.
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While Feigen had tagged along with Lochte’s version of the incident, he later turned himself in and retracted his statement, reported the U.S. Olympic Committee. However, when it comes to Lochte, there have been no updates on whether he plans to apologize to the Rio officials or not.
The U.S. Olympic Committee is not taking any risks since Lochte cannot be trusted with doing the right thing, even if that means resolving the slowly growing tension between the two American nations. The USOC issued an official statement saying:
“The behavior of these athletes is not acceptable, nor does it represent the values of Team USA or the conduct of the vast majority of its members… On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee, we apologize to our hosts in Rio and the people of Brazil for this distracting ordeal in the midst of what should rightly be a celebration of excellence.”
The four swimmers will also be facing rightful punishments for their despicable actions in Rio, stated USOC. But Lochte and Feigen will have to face the consequences of misleading Brazilian authorities under false pretext first, states ABC News.
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